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About Greg Bronson CTS-D
Currently in my role as Technical Advisor for AVIXA I lead a technical editing role for the next edition of the CTS-D Exam Guide and our extensive technical training content (both new and existing).
My interests span the broad spectrum of AV/IT technologies and systems our industry provides. Prior to taking a staff role with AVIXA I worked supporting AV/IT solutions for both public and private education as a "Technology Manager" (roles including repair, installation, design and project management) as well as a longtime volunteer for AVIXA education and standards programs.
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I'd agree that "software based" solutions will continue to increase. To be a bit more specific, these are applications that use (often in the cloud) "generic" processing power to handle some aspect(s) of AV signals and/or functions - be it audio, video and/or (as you note) control. This is mostly happening in the "middle" of the system signal flow (input and output devices by and large persist). So, I'd also see it (continuing to) evolving workforce training content but depending on job roles (and tasks) the core pro AV knowledge (existing) will still be needed. Outside of AI (another topic!) switches, knobs and dials, whether physical or virtual, don't move themselves to proper settings in a specific AV system/environment. Is it not more of a shift of learning (new) custom software apps vs. dealing with as many "hands on" boxes?
Right on! Another resource is AVIXA's Recommended Practices for Security in Networked Audiovisual Systems | AVIXA.